“Simple Tasks Seem Overwhelming to My Child”

Take your pick — the misconstrued labels for children with inattentive ADHD (once called ADD) are as vast and varied as the symptoms they manifest. Often misunderstood — or worse, neglected — at school, children with ADHD face unique challenges complicated by outdated ADHD stereotypes. Here, ADDitude readers share the biggest challenges their children with inattentive ADHD face at school and home. What struggles does your child with predominantly inattentive ADHD encounter? Share your stories in the Comments section below. “Mind-wandering is a challenge for my daughter when she needs to complete schoolwork, especially reading. She has a hard time focusing and will fixate on sounds around her (ticking clock, hallway conversation, foot-tapping classmate, etc.) rather than the one sound she needs to hear: Her teacher’s voice. However, her inattentiveness and mind-wandering are a total asset when she’s drawing, writing, or creating because it allows her to be fluid, make... Read more

Tips to help kids with autism transition back to in-person school

Tips to help kids with autism transition back to in-person school

MIND Institute experts offer advice to help with the change, as well as what’s likely to be different in the classroom this year Heading back to school after summer break can be tough for some students, but this year is unique. Because of the pandemic, distance learning and hybrid schedules have been the norm for over a year, and many kids haven’t spent a full, regular week at school since March of 2020. For children with autism and other neurodevelopmental differences, transitions like this can be extra challenging. “Routines are important for kids, and the long absence from the classroom, the mask-wearing and other changes mean they have to learn an entirely new school routine,” said Patricia Schetter, a board-certified behavior analyst who coordinates the Autism Education Initiatives for the Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the UC Davis MIND Institute. Kids and masks “The biggest thing I’ve been... Read more

How to help kids transition to a new school

How to help kids transition to a new school

While August is National Back to School Month, children can enter new schools year-round. This year looks a lot different since kids are going back to being in school full time, which means it’s crucial that children receive support when making this challenging transition. As kids shift from an online environment to in person learning, it can impact them differently. For example, kids with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often do better when they go back to school because they must follow structure and routine. Alternatively, there are kids who have a history of social anxiety and may not look forward to going back to in person since online schooling gave them psychological respite. To help all children return to school, it’s important to add traditional forms of play (i.e., board games, to sports or musical instruments), to develop creativity, imagination and improve social-moral development when playing with other kids in... Read more

Children with ADHD Need Positive Reinforcement and Other Interventions That Work

Every stage of life is defined by developmental milestones that are shaped or complicated in some way by the symptoms of ADHD. In children, ADHD symptoms and traits like hyperactivity, distractibility, and impulsivity can influence behavior and performance in the classroom, with friends and family, and out in the world. Below is an overview of the ADHD experience in childhood, including essential skills, parallel ADHD-related challenges, recommended treatments, and positive parenting strategies from experts that apply to all aspects of this stage of life. ADHD in Children (6 to 12 Years): Challenges and Solutions Developmental Milestones in Childhood In grades 1 through 6, students work to build a rock-solid academic, social, and emotional foundation in the following areas: Reading acquisition and comprehension require sitting still and focusing consistently, a hurdle for children with ADHD. Learning math facts and operations may be thrown off track by distractibility and boredom. This results... Read more

After the ADHD Diagnosis: Experts Answer Your Top 10 Questions

After the ADHD Diagnosis: Experts Answer Your Top 10 Questions

An ADHD diagnosis often answers some big, life-long questions. Then, it quickly raises new ones: What exactly does this mean? What are our options? Where do we go from here? ADDitude surveyed its community about the important questions you want, and need, answered after you or your child receives an ADHD diagnosis. We asked experts to provide insights and advice to clear up confusion and illuminate a clear path forward. 1. Who is best suited to treat ADHD, and how do I find a qualified professional? This is the most common question parents and adults ask. It is a reflection of how few experienced ADHD clinicians there are in the world. A survey done at the Mayo Clinic about eight years ago found that the average parents of children with ADHD consulted 11 clinicians before they found one they thought was well prepared. For a good outcome, ADHD medication and... Read more

I think my child struggles with reading. What should I do?

I think my child struggles with reading. What should I do?

Share this article As students start returning to school, many will face the Herculean task of becoming proficient readers. Some will be first graders, some fourth graders, and so on. And many of them, as their parents and guardians suspect, will face enormous struggles. If you're one of these parents or guardians who suspect that your child will struggle with reading, now is the time for action.Action alone, however, will not be enough. It's critical that you know what to request and what to avoid. This article focuses on one aspect of what's critical: Getting a comprehensive reading evaluation. Do three things If you see your child struggling with reading, stay calm and do three things : > Learn all you can about reading difficulties and disabilities from trustworthy sources. Keep in mind that difficulties are less severe and less debilitating than disabilities. Learn about Response to Intervention (RTI). Make... Read more

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